Ravens: Top 4 players to watch against the Minnesota Vikings

Ravens, Nick Boyle (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
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Ravens, Tyre Phillips
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3. Tyre Phillips, OL, Ravens

Somewhat surprisingly, the Ravens have PFF’s fourth highest-graded offensive line this season with an overall grade of 82.4.

Especially considering the hodge-podge nature of the unit, and the injuries it has had to deal with, that’s an immense win for the Ravens and a big factor in their five wins.

One of the bright spots along the line has been Patrick Mekari at right tackle. Mekari is naturally a guard/center but moved out to right tackle when Alejandro Villanueva filled in for Ronnie Stanley at left tackle.

However, part of the demolition the Bengals handed the Ravens was an injury to Mekari. Thankfully he’s expected to return fairly soon, but it means the Ravens have to find another temporary solution at right tackle.

The solution could be former Bengals’ first-round pick Cedric Ogbuehi, who the Ravens signed last week to the practice squad. If he isn’t elevated, the duty will fall to Tyre Phillips.

Whoever takes that spot — I would lean towards Phillips at this point — has an easier task now that Danielle Hunter won’t play, but will still be tasked with replicating Mekari’s solidity at the position.

The Ravens must protect Lamar Jackson, and the run game cannot afford more struggles up front.  Whoever takes the right guard spot has a big task ahead of them.